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Investment and Development Strategies

Investment Strategies - 
Municipal Governments compete against each other to attract investments.  From minimizing approval requirements and bureaucracy to offering a wide range of incentives to attract investors you should know your options before investing.  From development charges and tax rates to grants to cover brownfield developments, grants for maintaining built heritage, tax incremental financing and tax incentive equivalent grants. 

- Developers, municipalities and communities are often at odds with each other in getting new development approved.    The process doesn’t have to be adversarial.   The savvy developer knows how to work with residents, planners and community groups in a way that can ensure a win-win situation.  Be it understanding zoning or the development process, how to work with affected communities through negotiation and mediation or understanding how Incremental Tax Financing or Section 37 of the Ontario Planning Act can be used to provide positive community benefits, LAC and Associates can help you plan your developments, work with community groups for a successful outcome and perhaps use the property tax system to your best advantage.


Investment Incentives

Municipalities are competing for your investment dollars.  Most cities have a range of tools that they can use to make themselves more attractive for investments.  These can include:

  • commercial & industrial tax rates
  • water and utility pricing
  • Section 37 to allow for increased development density
  • tax incremental financing for new developments
  • tax incentive equivalent grants to attract development to certain neighbourhoods
  • built heritage grants
  • waiving of development charges (in certain cases)
  • brownfield investment incentives